after almost 4 years, finally my own build/swap thread
picked up my YJ about 4 years ago - a bone stock 95 w/ 2.5L & AX-5
First thing it needed was a set of tires, so I went with 31x10.5 Cooper Discoverer STT... they rubbed a little so I trimmed the flares to the crease and made a set of 1" shackes from 1/2x2" flat stock. all was good for a little while.
about 6 months into ownership, I lost 5th gear. I didn't feel like bothering with it and drove around the last couple years as a 4 speed. with the 31s and 2.5, 5th gear wasn't much use anyway, and I figured 4 gears were good enough for all those older CJs I should be fine.
as time went on I've done some upgrades here and there - some big and functional, others smaller and mainly cosmetic.
It started out black, which I eventually (about a year ago) changed to Rust-Oleum industrial paint "safety yellow" and painted the trim pieces wrinkle black. My windshield took a rock so I replaced it with a polycarbonate one (no more broken windshields for me), I replaced the tail lights with LED versions (same Jeep box style, but made as LED), installed LED front signals, replaced the front seats with buckets from a Neon.
Last summer I installed a 2" BDS kit and just last month installed a Daystar 1" BL. also a little over a month ago I replaced my slightly tweaked steering linkage with a crossover style using heims and 1.75"x.250" DOM
about a year ago I got a great deal on an 88 K5 Blazer that the frame was broken and about 75% of the floor was totally gone.... but the motor (5.7 TBI) and trans (700r4) were in great shape with a little under 80k on the ticker.
I pulled the motor, trans, computer & all wiring and parted out the rest for just a little more than I paid for the whole thing :highfive: then I started collecting parts as I could afford them. replaced most of the external accessories, oil pump, pans, gaskets, ignition components, etc. and got the necessary swap parts.
a few trips to the U-pull got me an 8.8 which I replaced seals and all brake components, got a NP241 and installed a JB SS SYE, a couple CV shafts from a ZJ, etc, etc.
well I've finally got all (I hope) the necessary parts together and ready, have a binder full of printouts on wiring for the YJ and the GM ECU, and took some time off work.... now as my dad would say "time to SH-- or get off the pot" lol
came out to Dad's to begin my swap.. I've set sort of an ambitious timeline as this is my DD and I have 10 days off from work... though I'm remaining optimistic as I've "pre-installed" quite a few things.... radiator, exhaust from the cat to tailpipe, gauges, so those should save me a little time.
pulled it into the garage tonight so it'll be nice and cool and dry (raining here tonight) when I start tearing into it in the morning.
I took a few pics of the "before" engine bay as well as the new powerplant sitting on blocks awaiting install... but for some reason I keep getting "upload of file failed" errors from the forum, and they're well within size limits so maybe a glitch in the forum itself?.... but I'll try again to post pics as soon as the forum lets me...
tried again this morning, still won't let me upload, so in the mean-time, I'm hoping linking to my pics on facebook works...
stock engine bay:
new engine/trans/TC ready for install:
well, for some reason I couldn't upload, but linking to my facebook pics seems to work, so I'll go with that :)
OK day one....
nose removed ready to tear into it:
and it's out :highfive:
Abby keeping me company and guarding the new motor:
and it's gone... dirty and ugly, but gone:
cleaned up some of the wiring, cleaned and painted the firewall:
new & old:
done for the day.... cut the mounts off the frame, ground smooth, took a flap disc to the rest of the frame and gave it a light shot of black:
more to come tomorrow
Tell me about this paint.
it's Rust-Oleum professional enamel....
comes in a bunch of colors.... many who use it will use dense foam rollers then sand progressively finer - I thin with acetone & shoot it with an HVLP gun
Good luck on the build man. I know what it takes to get this involved with a build. Keep at it.
Great build! Thanks for taking the time to take pictures.
Especially since you need to have it done in such a short amount of time.
Good stuff. Thank you for taking the time to post all the photos!
thanks, and no problem with the pics... I've gotten so much help through this forum, and a lot of it was with the help of pics... and at least partly self-serving too... I want to document my progress for myself
just taking a quick lunch break for now (will post more pics this evening after I clean up for the day)... finished the frame cleanup and got the 5.7 dropped in and mounts welded in place. Also hooked up power steering (the YJ pressure line screwed right in to the 5.7s pump, and a piece of 3/8" tranny coolant hose with clamps for the return. Gets rid of the reservoir that was screwed to the core support.
Also, the Blazers throttle cable hooked right up to the YJ gas pedal
this minute, the trans is being supported by a floor jack. after I finish lunch I plan on measuring and then cutting slots for the trans mount (and clearance for the TC if necessary) and get the skid bolted back in place. then I'm going to do some sit-down work cutting the TC yoke off my original front driveshaft and welding on the CV unit from the ZJ.... not doing the rear DS until after I get the 8.8 mounted
hooked the 5.7 to the hoist and wheeled it over:
Dropping it down:
lower a bit, push back, repeat ad-nauseum:
put the grille back temporarily just hand-tight so I could get final location for the motor to clear the electric fan... I used ratchet straps to tweak the position & angle:
all set & ready to burn the mounts in:
mounts burned in and hoist removed, took the grille back off to give working room:
took measurements for the location of the trans mount - cut new slots in the skid, cleaned it up with a flap disc on the grinder and gave it a new coat.:
I may or may not post an update tomorrow... Dad & I off to visit mom so I'll probably only get half day or less on the YJ
Looking good so far; I'm a little ways off of doing the same thing, although not with the same time crunch, so I'll be watching you carefully.
Looking Good Man :2thumbsup:
Looking good! I would like to do something similar, subscribed.
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